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BTC3: Engineering Project Brief


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BTC3: Engineering Project Brief

  1. 1. Section 3 Unit Title Engineering Project Unit Code BTC302 Programme BSc (Hons) Broadcast Technology Credits 30 Level 3 Unit Status Mandatory Contact Time 60 Access to Resources 100 Independent Study 140 Broadcast engineers will often be called upon to plan, develop and manage an engineering project, and will be expected to be able to work independently, gathering relevant expertise and delivering to a negotiated deadline. This unit seeks to simulate this sector experience through a multi- disciplinary project wherein students engage individually in new learning in relation to technology, set themselves challenges, and develop themselves through initiating and developing an individually negotiated engineering project. Introduction Students will decide on their own “problem” in negotiation with a member of staff. This decision will be enshrined in a learning agreement, with individual contractual obligations. Learning outcomes and assessment criteria will also be negotiated. This unit may have some inter-relationship with the student’s choice of dissertation subject in BTC306 Dissertation (namely it may spring from this enquiry, or be associated with it, but must not duplicate research material). Topics covered in this unit are likely to include: Indicative • Project initiation and planning; Curriculum • Project development; Outline • Project management; • Project presentation. Faculty of Communication Media Definitive Document: 21 July 2006
  2. 2. Section 3 Although these are open for negotiation students should ensure that their individual new learning is clearly articulated. The following are the “default” learning outcomes, which will underpin all projects and any further negotiated learning outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to: 1. Reflect on the challenges a broadcast engineering project has presented and critically evaluate the relative success against the proposed outcomes; (LO1) 2. Present and discuss a broadcast engineering project in systematic detail, demonstrating sufficient subject area knowledge and conceptual understanding to answer Unit Learning questions and articulate intention and approach. (LO2) Outcomes Skills By the end of the project the students will be able to: 3. Initiate proposals/specification and programme plans; (LO3) 4. Research and develop a broadcast engineering project from a number of possible broadcast engineering concepts (this may involve developing feasibility studies); (LO4) 5. Project manage a project to schedule, to a client’s satisfaction and within budget, demonstrating decision- making in complex and unpredictable contexts; (LO5) 6. Apply existing broadcast engineering methods and techniques to an engineering project, to extend knowledge and understanding and develop new, project specific engineering skills. (LO6) Learning on this unit is gained through a combination of: Teaching and • Lectures; Learning • Seminars; Strategies • Tutorials; • Self-directed study. Faculty of Communication Media Definitive Document: 21 July 2006
  3. 3. Section 3 Assessment of this unit comprises formative coursework and a summative written report and oral presentation of the final project. Formative Assessment Submitting a Project Proposal and Interim Project Report of about 2000 words. Summative Assessment Submitting a Final Project Report of 4000-6000 words and a Assessable presentation to a Panel will form the summative elements at the Elements completion of the unit. The final assessment is an aggregate of project report marks and presentation. Assessable Elements Percentage of Final Grade Interim Project Report 25% 75% Final Project Report 50% Presentation 25% Assessment Criteria To be individually negotiated. The following are the “default” assessment criteria: Students will be assessed on: Project Proposal and Interim Project Report • Depth of definition and explanation of the problem and scope of the broadcast engineering project in a proposal/specification and programme plan; (LO3) • Ability to identify outcomes and performance indicators suited to a defined broadcast engineering project; (LO1) • Weight of evidence of appropriate research and development for at least two broadcast engineering concepts. (LO4) Final Project Report • Level of ability to project manage the project, to near professional degrees of client satisfaction and budget compliance; (LO5) • Level of ability to critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts, and data to make judgements and frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution; (LO1, LO2) • Degree of application of methods and techniques to review, initiate and carry out a broadcast engineering project; (LO6) • Degree of systematic application of learning and reflection on the challenges the project has presented. (LO1, LO2) Faculty of Communication Media Definitive Document: 21 July 2006
  4. 4. Section 3 Presentation • Degree of higher levels of communication skills utilised in presenting a project to a Panel; (LO2) • Degree of awareness of industrial and commercial constraints; (LO4, LO5) • Coherence of decision-making processes within broadcast engineering context; (LO5) • Degree of appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge. (LO1, LO2, LO5, LO6) Blair, R. (2002) Digital Techniques in Broadcasting Transmission, Focal. Eisner, H. (2002) Essentials of Project and Systems Engineering Management, John Wiley and Sons. Tozer, E. (2004) Broadcast Engineer’s Reference Book, Focal. Uren, M. (2001) Illustrated Dictionary of Moving Image Technology, Indicative Focal. Reading List Williams, E. (2006) NAB Engineering Handbook, Focal. EDA, Incorporated Broadcast Engineering – online Broadcast Engineering related calculators. Students will also be provided with additional individual reading list and references dependent on their specific project requirements. Faculty of Communication Media Definitive Document: 21 July 2006